Trauma team wins TARN award

The high performing Major Trauma team at University Hospital have recently won a national award for their work on rebuilding people in lower leg trauma.

The Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) have named UHCW as the joint winners for the way that those with open wound fractures of their lower limbs are treated.

Pathway changes mean that 70% of patients will be operated on, including plastic surgery to seal the wound, within 72 hours of injury, beating the national average of 45%.

Dr Matthew Wyse, Clinical Lead for Major Trauma, said: “It is extremely gratifying to have the very hard work of the Trauma Service, the TARN data collection scheme and of our Orthopaedic and Plastic surgeons recognised by such a prestigious award.

“We have developed this over the last two years to help patients with very serious injuries that sometimes can lead to amputation. We now have two dedicated operating lists to this and an additional plastic surgeon with an interest in this area.

The award was accepted by Dr Miguel Fernandez, Specialist Trainee in Trauma and Orthopaedics, on behalf of UHCW which was the top performing Major Trauma Centre in the country for quarter one of 2016.

(Picture by Dr Dhushy Surendra Kumar)